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Burma Finally Signs Key Cease-Fire With Rebels

Move meets a key condition for establishing better ties with West

(Newser) - Burma's government signed a cease-fire today with ethnic Karen rebels in a major step toward ending one of the world's longest-running insurgencies and meeting a key condition for better ties with the West. The Karen group has been fighting for greater autonomy for more than 60 years in... More »

Burmese Rebel Leader Assassinated in Thailand

Suspicion falls on military junta, allies

(Newser) - One of Myanmar's top rebel leaders was shot dead in his home in Thailand today, Reuters reports. Mahn Sha Lar Phan was the secretary-general of the Karen National Unit, the largest rebel group in the former Burma. His son, another senior leader, immediately blamed the attack on a splinter group... More »

Burma Horrors 'Continue in Secret'

Offensives in remote ethnic areas 'far worse' than urban crackdown

(Newser) - Tensions have eased in Burma's cities since the September crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, but aid groups and rebels say brutal atrocities continue in remote areas far from media scrutiny, AP reports. Government forces are murdering, raping and burning their way through ethnic minority areas, according to reports. Villages have been... More »

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